Several states are facing shortage of vaccines.

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Central Government Approves Foreign-Made Vaccines For Emergency Use

The Indian government has approved the use of foreign vaccines following a huge surge in the COVID-19 cases. The National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration's chairman, VK Paul said, "We hope and we invite the vaccine makers such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and others...as early as possible." However, the aim of this move is to speed up the vaccination drive and help states to tackle pandemic.

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 - 07:23 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Covid-19, Vaccination, SECOND WAVE, Sputnik V

Courtesy: NDTV

Remdisivir Inj

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Citing Increased Demand, Govt Bans Export Of Remdesivir Drug, Injection

The Centre on April 11 announced a temporary ban on the export of Remdesivir drug and injection, owing to the surge in the COVID-19 cases. Citing “a potential of a further increase in demand for Remdesivir" the order provisioned the ban to continue until the COVID-19 situation in the country improves. The anti-viral drug, manufactured by seven companies in India plays a vital role in treating critical adults patients.

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 - 11:05 AM / by Nikita Thakur

Tags: REMDESIVIR, Covid-19, SECOND WAVE, Coronavirus, Export Ban

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60 students were Covid-19 positive but 20 more were detected on April 7.

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IIT-Roorkee has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot

IIT-Roorkee has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot after 80 students tested positive in the institution in the last few days. Post the testing of the students, the Haridwar district administration declared 5 of the hostels as containment zones and the campus as a hotspot. The administration has converted guest-house and other establishments into quarantine centres for those who came in the contact with the afflicted students.

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 - 05:20 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: IIT Roorkee, Covid-19, SECOND WAVE, College

Courtesy: India Today

No social, cultural or sports-related gatherings will be allowed in the state

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CM Amarinder Singh Announces Night Curfew In Punjab Till April 30

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has announced to enforce night curfew in the state till April 30, from 9 PM to 5 AM. Initially, the curfew was imposed in 12 districts but now it has been extended to the state. However, the government has strictly imposed a ban on public gatherings such as funerals, cremations and weddings. The violators will be apprehended under the Disaster Management Act and Epidemic Act.

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 - 05:17 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Punjab, Covid-19, SECOND WAVE, Night Curfew

Courtesy: India Today

Data from trials in other countries found that the efficacy of the vaccine increased when the second dose was given more than six weeks after the first.

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Doses given 2-3 months apart are more effective, says SII's CEO Adar Poonawalla

CEO of Serum Institute of India, Adar Poonawalla said if a gap of 2-3 months is kept between the first and second dose then the efficacy of Covishield increases to up to 90%. And if the gap is increased for other vaccines it will yield similar results. In March, India decided to increase the interval between the two shots to 8 weeks on the recommendation by the National Expert Group.

Tue, 06 Apr 2021 - 04:37 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Covishield vaccine, Covid Vaccination, Covaxin, SECOND WAVE

Courtesy: India Today

The photo shared showed travelers not wearing masks and no social distancing.

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Actor Neha Dhupia Shared Photo Of Crowded Airport; Urges Public To Be Careful

Actor Neha Dhupia shared a photo on April 4 of travellers flouting social distancing norms at the Delhi Airport. The day when India’s daily Covid-19 positive cases have surged over 1 lakh. Dhupia used her social media platform to urge people to take all the necessary precautions and to follow social distancing norms issued by the authorities. She further urged people to sanitize their hands and wear their masks properly.

Mon, 05 Apr 2021 - 06:53 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Covid-19, SECOND WAVE, Bollywood, Delhi Airport

Fatality rates indicate the virus is more infectious and less lethal

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Experts say that Covid-19 is less lethal but more infectious.

An in-depth analysis of the current fatality rates in the COVID-19 hit states claims the virus to be more infectious but not as deadly as before. Reportedly, the reduced fatality rates are because more youngsters are being affected with the virus than elderly people due to the vaccination drives. Notably, the trajectory of the virus was anticipated by many experts and epidemiologists much earlier.

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 - 07:48 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: SECOND WAVE, Covid-19, Vaccination, Immunity

Courtesy: Times of India

Mumbai during the first lockdown

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COVID-19: Reports Fear 2nd Lockdown Might Hamper Business Buoyancy

As India enters the second wave of Coronavirus, reports have observed that a second lockdown will adversely impact the businesses with the service sector becoming the worst sufferer. Reports also suggested that contact-based services might slip and nominal GDP growth may suffer if situation persists. According to a recent data released by the Centre, business output of eight core infrastructure sectors in February reduced to 4.6%, while it… read-more

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 - 05:40 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Lockdown, Covid-19, SECOND WAVE, business, Service Sector

Courtesy: News 18

Stringent measures along with night curfew have been imposed

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Night Curfew Imposed In Pune; All Major Public Places Shut For 7 Days

A night curfew has been enforced in Pune from 6 PM- 6 AM from April 3. Reportedly, the curfew is a revised form of state-imposed night curfew was from 8 PM to 7 AM. Besides, the government has decided to shut all malls, restaurants and places of worship for seven days. This decision was taken in a COVID-19 review meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 - 04:16 PM / by Anvitha Shetty

Tags: Night Curfew, Pune, Covid-19, SECOND WAVE

Hardeep Singh Puri

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Civil Aviation Ministry Defers Any Restrictions On Flight Services

Amid the surging COVID-19 cases, the Civil Aviation ministry has denied plans to curb flight services. However, skeptical about the second wave of COVID, the Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced to defer the 100% resumption of domestic services, earlier scheduled from April 1. While the flights services are currently operating at 80% capacity, the airport authorities have been advised to blacklist passengers for flouting COVID-19… read-more

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 - 07:25 PM / by Neha Sanjeev

Tags: Aviation Minister, Flights, SECOND WAVE, COVID-19 outbreak

Courtesy: Hindustan Times